South Parade Pier Pavilion Theatre

South Parade,
Southsea, PO4 0SP

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South Parade Pier Pavilion Theatre

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Located in Southsea, close to Portsmouth, Hampshire. The South Parade Pier was built and opened in November 1879, but was burnt down in 1904. A new pier was built and opened in 1908. It contained the Pavilion Theatre at its sea-ward end. It was owned and operated by Portsmouth Corporation.

By 1932, it was showing films, having been equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system, and films continued until at least 1937. Reverting back to live theatre use, it remained a popular theatre.

It was severely damaged by fire in 1967, and it was demolished. Another fire on 11th June 1974 during the filming of the Ken Russell film “Tommy” seriously damaged the other building on the pier (previously used as a dance hall). The South Parade Pier is currently in private hands and has been closed due to being deemed an unsafe structure, and is ‘For Sale’.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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